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McDaniel College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

1 Undergraduate Degrees
414 Graduate Degrees
$31,640 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
85% Acceptance Rate

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McDaniel College Rankings

We have ranked McDaniel as #26 out of 545 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 9 colleges in Maryland, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

McDaniel has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#169 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at McDaniel.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Multilingual Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Instructional Media Design Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is McDaniel College?

Location of McDaniel College

Contact details for McDaniel are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-7000
Website: www.mcdaniel.edu

How Do I Get Into McDaniel?

You can apply to McDaniel online at: www.mcdaniel.edu/undergraduate/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for McDaniel

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into McDaniel?

85% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 85%, McDaniel is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to McDaniel submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for McDaniel College  ( 540 to 620 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for McDaniel College  ( 520 to 610 )
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800
McDaniel received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for McDaniel College  ( 21 to 28 )
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Can I Afford McDaniel College?

$31,640 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of McDaniel is $31,640. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At McDaniel, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $7,145 a year. That adds up to $28,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McDaniel is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

McDaniel College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,652 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,679 undergraduate students at McDaniel, with 1,652 being full-time and 27 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  McDaniel

There are also 1,172 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,652 full-time undergraduates at McDaniel, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  McDaniel

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of McDaniel College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of McDaniel Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 38
Black or African American 352
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 944
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 169

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at McDaniel College. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 31 countries are represented at McDaniel. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and Belgium.

Online Learning at McDaniel College

352 Took All Classes Online
530 Took At Least One Class Online
9.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 530 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at McDaniel has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of McDaniel

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at McDaniel College was 9.4%. This is the #975 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at McDaniel regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of McDaniel majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 17%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 28%
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 25%
Teaching English or French 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at McDaniel ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at McDaniel.

Major Growth Rate Rank
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist #6
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision #15
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #32
Teaching English or French #33
Educational/Instructional Technology #76
Instructional Media Design #76
Curriculum & Instruction #78
Curriculum & Instruction #78
Teacher Education Subject Specific #113
General Educational Leadership & Administration #128
Educational Administration #156

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

McDaniel College Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 137 16 153
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 74 74
Multicultural Education 0 38 0 38
Other Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 37 37
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 0 0 18 18
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0 0 17 17
General Special Education 0 0 13 13
Elementary Education 1 0 12 13
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 12 12
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 9 0 9
Education of the Deaf 0 0 9 9
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 0 8 8
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 0 7 7
Secondary Education 0 0 3 3
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 2 0 2
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 0 2 0 2
TOTAL 1 188 226 415

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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